Millers Falls Publications — 1930-1949

1930

Millers Falls Company electric tools brochure

With too too many pages to be considered a counter-top promotion, this publication is a pocket-sized booklet. The 1930 publishing date is an estimate as the booklet was published sometime between 1927 and the 1931 closing of the Brattleboro plant. Millers Falls rapidly expanded its line of electric tools after introducing them in 1927. Featured are electric drills and screwdrivers, polishers, circular saws, hammer drills, grinders, a disc sander and a valve refacer. includes numerous accessories. The example here has been marked for distribution by Morris, Wheeler & Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


1935

Millers Falls Company catalog No. 41, plate Millers Falls Company catalog No. 41, plate

Large format catalog. The first catalog to consolidate the Millers Falls and Goodell-Pratt lines after the 1931 merger. Also the first catalog to feature the economy priced Mohawk-Shelburne line. Nice illustrations, but lacks the spectacular plates of the 1929 catalog.


Millers Falls Company catalog No. 41, small format

Small format catalog. Not as as colorful as the large format edition—less use of red ink. The blue ink used for the large catalog's Blue-Mol hacksaw blade and glass cutter pages is lacking entirely.


1936

Millers Falls Company catalog no. 41, variant

An easily missed variant of Catalog 41. Despite the 1935 date on the introductory page, this catalog was published in 1936. A fifteen page section of new tools is inserted between the introduction and section on hand planes. The 'new tool' supplement includes, among others, the No. 95 weather strip plane, a red and black mottled, tenite-handled version of the No. 84 hacksaw frame and the No. 430 spiral ratchet screwdriver. To date, this is the only catalog found to include a proper illustration of the No. 95 weather strip plane. In addition to the new tools section, there are some differences in both the internal content and the cover of this and the previous edition. The cover of the earlier edition shows Millers Falls and Goodell-Pratt logos linked by chains, the cover on the variant does not. Other differences in the treatment of the cover include the border trim and the coloring of the catalog number.


Millers Falls Company carving tools brochure

A counter-top promotion printed on both sides, folded three times to form a booklet. Four carving tool sets and eight turning tools are featured. The turning tools could be purchased individually or as a set. (A half-inch parting tool could be purchased for seventy cents.) The 1936 date is an estimate, as the booklet includes an illustration and promotion for the 1936 variant of the company's Catalog 41. The example seen here has been marked on the back by Kraut & Dohnal Co. of 325 S. Clark St. in Chicago.


1937

Millers Falls Company Suggested jobbers resale price sheet, 1937

Title from cover. Printed on uncoated yellow paper with no illustrations. The copy examined in preparing this listing contained two loose supplementary price sheets dated June 10, 1937 and September 4, 1937. The supplementary price sheet for September consists of a single 9 x 14 cm. piece of paper. Printed on one side, it lists the first availability of the No. 209 De Luxe smooth plane.


1938

70th anniversary catalog no. 42 clothbound

Large format, clothbound catalog. Content is identical to the paperbound issue listed immediately below. The author's example was owned by a distributor, W. A. Ross. Ross continued to use the catalog through 1949 and added the update sheets that were published by Millers Falls as new tools came out. Intended to be tipped-in to the large format catalog, a number of the update sheets feature the 70th anniversary motifs seen on the pages of the original catalog.


70th anniversary catalog no. 42, plate70th anniversary catalog no. 42

Large format catalog. Continues the listing of some Goodell-Pratt tools. Introduces the permaloid-handled Parsons brace and No. 209 De Luxe smooth plane to the general public. The No. 84 hacksaw frame now sports a red permaloid handle. Nice artwork, especially the full page illustrations. With its use of two-color printing and red ink on almost every page, a joy to behold. Introductory page for scraper section is shown at left.


70th anniversary catalog no. 42, reprint plate70th anniversary catalog no. 42, reprint

Reprint of large format version. Not a lavish as the original—many two-color pages have been reproduced in black and white. Outside corners of pages cut with square, rather than rounded edges. Lacks the red end papers of the original edition. Introductory page for scraper section is shown at left.


1939

70th anniversary catalog no. 42, small format, plate70th anniversary catalog no. 42, small format

Small format catalog and easily missed variant of catalog no. 42. Although the page numbering and date on the title page date are identical to the large format edition of 1938, the volume described here contains minor variations in content. Most notable is a somewhat expanded line of Mohawk-Shelburne tools. The example seen here was distributed by the Carlisle Hardware Company of Springfield, Massachusetts. Less use of red ink than in the original large format edition. Introductory page for scraper section is shown at left.


Tools of quality for craftsmen in wood & metal, British catalog

Title from cover. An abridged version of some of the 70th anniversary catalog no. 42 showing some of the firm's most popular products and intended for the British market. Included are some tools not found in the U.S. versions of the catalog. Printed in London by the Robertson Press and Paper Company, prices are listed in pounds, shillings, etc. The example here has been marked for distribution by Odell & Holt Company Ltd. of Stony Stratford.


1940

70th anniversary catalog no. 42, variant, ca. 1940, plate70th anniversary catalog no. 42, variant, ca. 1940

Small format catalog and easily missed variant of catalog no. 42. A 'new tool' section, consisting of 16 pages lettered A-P, appears to the front of the catalog and documents the appearance of the company's No. 206 block plane and the No. 70 hand drill. Although the title page indicates that this is the 70th anniversary catalog, the ubiquitous 70th Anniversary graphic seen on almost every page of earlier versions of catalog no. 42 is absent. There is no use of red ink, and the dimensions of the catalog are noticeably smaller than those of the 1939 small format edition. Introductory page for scraper section is shown at left.


1941

Millers Falls national emergency catalog, title pageMillers Falls national emergency catalog

Small format catalog. An easily missed variant of catalog no. 42. This edition is sometimes referred to as the National Emergency Catalog. The title page includes notice that specifications for some tools might change without notice and other tools be temporarily discontinued due to the National Emergency. The emergency was declared by Franklin D. Roosevelt in May 1941 in response to Nazi aggression and the deteriorating security situation in Europe. The catalog includes the same new tool section that appeared in the ca. 1940 version of the catalog. The descriptions of some electric tools are overstamped with a notice indicating that their sale is limited to the Western Hemisphere. Less use of red ink than in the original large format edition of 1938. The title page is shown at left.


1944

Millers Falls revised price list, 1944.

Title from cover. Due to the second World war, many of the tools listed are marked "Discontinued" or "Temp. Disc." A number of the temporarily discontinued items never made it back into production. Uncoated blue-green paper, no illustrations. Sized to fit neatly inside the cover of the small format Catalog no. 42.


1949

Millers Falls Company catalog No. 49, plateMillers Falls Company catalog No. 49

Large format catalog. Goodell-Pratt tools no longer listed. Includes a fair number of power tools and is first catalog to feature the Buck Rogers No. 104 hand drill. Nice use of red ink in many illustrations. Interesting, too, are the bright blue and yellow-inked hacksaw blades (shown here).


Millers Falls Company catalog No. 49, small format

Small format catalog. Identical to the large format catalog, except less use of red ink and illustrations of hacksaw blades are black and white. Lacks the visual appeal of the large format catalog.